You can help Federation identify policy, procedures and initiatives that are creating excessive workload demands, to inform negotiations with the Department. The union has plans for ousting the public sector wages cap. Problems with the rollout of the SAP HR/Payroll system.
Historic school photos to feature in centenary exhibitionAugust 22, 2018
As part of the union’s centenary celebrations, Federation has undertaken a year-long research and curatorial project to bring you Unity! Strength! Justice! — an exhibition that tells the stories of Federation’s 100 years of activism in support of public education.
Fair Funding Now! national week of action to focus on community campaigningAugust 21, 2018
Market stalls, P&C meetings and face-to-face conversations with parents and community members at the school gate will be the focus of a national week of action in the Fair Funding Now! campaign from 3-9 September.
Independent expert review of NAPLAN operations establishedAugust 15, 2018
Following further controversies surrounding NAPLAN an independent external expert review of NAPLAN has been established.
Change the Rules: Overturn the NSW Public Sector Wages PolicyJuly 10, 2018
Federation will campaign with other public sector unions and Unions NSW to overturn the NSW Public Sector Wages policy and restore the right of public sector workers to pursue wage claims in the Industrial Relations Commission unfettered by Government policy, Annual Conference determined on Monday.
TAFE and Corrective Services on Federation’s election agendaJuly 14, 2018
Our public TAFE system was the envy of the world, but then it started to be destroyed, Federation President Maurie Mulheron told Annual Conference Delegates earlier this week.
First steps to reclaiming teaching and learning focusAugust 26, 2018
NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes has proposed a working group aimed at reducing the administrative burden on schools, arising from discussions with Federation on the initial and final findings of the research project “Understanding Work in Schools: The Foundation for Teaching and Learning”, commissioned by the union.
Profession offers suggestions to shift workload focus to teaching and learningJuly 09, 2018
Immediate action is needed to address the “very substantial, potentially debilitating and growing” demands upon teachers, “particularly in relation to administrative work”, a new report by Sydney and Curtin university academics.
Survey results show LGBTIQA+ discrimination still rife in schoolAugust 17, 2018
Workplace discrimination against LGBTIQA+ teachers remains a significant issue across NSW, according to a recent joint research project between Federation and Western Sydney University.
When will the Federal Government learn?July 08, 2018
The Federal Government had failed to learn the lessons of the NSW experiment, which introduced learning progressions and an online assessment tool into schools that were blamed for creating excessive teacher workload, President of the Australian Education Union Correna Haythorpe told Federation’s Annual Conference.
Teachers’ dedication to the NSW Teachers Federation recognised with Life MembershipJuly 08, 2018
NSW Teachers Federation’s 100th Annual Conference has bestowed Life Membership on 14 public education teachers for their campaigning efforts on behalf of Federation.
Federation has a key role to play in ACTU’s Change the Rules campaignJuly 10, 2018
Federation has an essential role to play in the Australian Council of Trade Union’s Change the Rules campaign, ACTU Secretary Sally McManus told the union’s 100th Annual Conference.
Your workplace contactsAugust 16, 2018
Encouraging members to understand their working rights and empowering them to speak up is an essential role of being a school Fed Rep, according to Diane Dass from Kellyville High School in Sydney’s north-west.
Jennie George: A union pioneer for womenAugust 27, 2018
“I ask you to close your eyes and think back 50 years because what happened in my time is quite different to the challenges facing women in Federation today...” said Jennie George, Federation’s first woman General Secretary, in her video address to the audience of the Centenary Women’s Conference.
High Court action supported by FederationAugust 19, 2018
The Teachers Federation has joined in legal action to the High Court, initiated by Unions NSW, in response to the NSW Government’s attempt to severely limit the capacity of unions to vigorously and publicly articulate matters on behalf of members in the context of the forthcoming state election campaign.
Further delays to payroll while missing pay is rectifiedAugust 23, 2018
The Department has advised all affected teachers of further delays to the rollout of the SAP HR/Payroll system.
Association Spotlight: BarrierAugust 17, 2018
The Barrier Teachers Association serves Broken Hill, Menindee and Wilcannia and boasts a 95 per cent membership rate. Many of our new teachers originate from the NSW east coast and they find the TA’s social network supportive and welcoming.
Paper planeAugust 17, 2018
As someone who is secondary trained and has always worked with teenagers, suddenly finding myself working in a primary context has been a big change.
Disability forum puts pressure on governmentsAugust 18, 2018
In the Fairfield area, teachers have a strong history of being adept at recognising and supporting the learning for our students with disability.
Staffing relief for drought-affected schoolsAugust 16, 2018
Federation has successfully achieved a staffing moratorium for drought-affected public schools.
Phonics research review confirms NSW syllabus approachJuly 30, 2018
In response to the increasingly politicised arguments regarding the teaching of reading in schools, Federation commissioned Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts at the University of Sydney, Robyn Ewing, to publish a review of relevant research into teaching reading and literacy, and the role phonics plays within it.
Affordable housing for teachersAugust 20, 2018
A residential project planned for Miranda will provide affordable housing for teachers and other key workers in the Sutherland Shire, Federation General Secretary John Dixon told August Council.
There’s nothing casual about teachingAugust 19, 2018
For those casual teachers who received a Working With Children Check (WWCC) in 2013, the process for renewals began from June 2018.
Clarification on work placement contactAugust 23, 2018
Site visits are not mandatory for contact with students on work experience or work placement, it has been confirmed.
Local unity essential in global fight against school privatisationJuly 13, 2018
The rise in commercialisation of public schools around the world must be opposed through union solidarity, according to Education International project director Angelo Gavrielatos.
Quality school infrastructure — an issue for state and federal governmentsJuly 12, 2018
Federation rejects the unilateral imposition of open-space learning on new and existing schools.
Meal allowance claim formsAugust 15, 2018
Teachers working outside usual hours now have a mechanism for claiming a meal allowance directly from the Department of Education.
Scholarship program shows $60,000 commitment to building the professionJuly 07, 2019
A group of Federation student members have been presented with $4000 Future Teacher Scholarships, in a ceremony held at Annual Conference.
Union attentive to promised transformation of education of students with disabilityJuly 15, 2018
Federation will be vigilant over changing approaches to the education of students with disability and hold the NSW Government and Department of Education to account, Claudia Vera, Officer with carriage of disability matters, told Annual Conference earlier this week.
Department of Education Evaluation of the Compressed CurriculumAugust 24, 2018
The Department’s Centre for Education, Statistics and Evaluation is undertaking a review of the Compressed Curriculum in 2018. T
Australia must learn lessons from UK education systemJuly 10, 2018
Parallels between the challenges facing teacher unions in the UK and Australia emphasise the benefits of teacher solidarity across borders, UK National Education Union Joint General Secretary Kevin Courtney said at Federation’s Annual Conference.
The Arthur Hamilton AwardAugust 24, 2018
This is your chance to celebrate an Australian Education Union member who is making an outstanding contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.
History Lesson: Salaries campaigning: An endurance test requiring all membersAugust 21, 2018
In the early 20th century, growing numbers of teachers began realising that the only path to salary justice was to organise and fight for the right to appear before an independent tribunal, rather than rely on the sympathetic promises of politicians.
Relationships the X-factor in Aboriginal People’s advancementJuly 10, 2018
“Relationships, relationships, relationships — I can’t stress this enough,” Federation’s Aboriginal Education Coordinator told teachers at Annual Conference.
Retired Teacher Association newsAugust 16, 2018
In June, Janine Kitson presented important information regarding the conservation of Gardens of Stone National Park near Lithgow, NSW.
Cards of kindnessAugust 16, 2018
Federation was proud to deliver $1400 worth of Opal and gift cards to the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown on behalf of members across NSW who collected them following a request from the union.
Teachers are committed to their students, and to the professionAugust 24, 2018
No doubt you have seen the headlines and social media stories that claim teachers are leaving the profession in droves — just walking away.
Your say: You are the unionAugust 22, 2018
If it wasn’t for Federation, our work would be even more difficult than what we face today. We need to honour the work of the dedicated unionists who’ve gone before us.
Your say: Half-baked ideas endanger us allAugust 21, 2018
The article in The Australian, “TAFE’s shortcut courses get a rise from bakers”, on 18 July 2018, stated that TAFE is offering a shortened version of Certificate III in Retail Baking that allows a student to earn the same qualification in 18 weeks as someone who has completed a four-year apprenticeship. What a half-baked idea.
Film reviewsAugust 20, 2018
This edition of film reviews includes: The Insult, Jirga, On Chesil Beach and The Heiresses.
Book ReviewsAugust 22, 2018
This edition of book reviews includes Julián is a Mermaid, The Poesy Ring, Here I Stand: Stories that Speak for Freedom and Populism Now! The Case for Progressive Populism
Theatre ReviewAugust 21, 2018
Since the Belvoir St Theatre grew out of the ashes of the Nimrod Theatre Company, it has always been an alternative to the mainstream Sydney Theatre Company and has presented many Australian plays and shows that have a social conscience.
Wear It Purple to empowerAugust 20, 2018
Wear It Purple Day is a youth-led day of action held since 2010, founded in response to stories of teenagers who have taken their lives due to the bullying and harassment because of their sexuality and/or gender diversity.
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